Centers & Labs

RIKEN Innovation Center

Plant Breeding Innovation Laboratory

Team Leader: Norio Kato (D.Agr.)
Deputy Team Leader: Takatoshi Kiba (D. Agr.)
Norio  Kato(D.Agr.) Takatoshi Kiba

Conventional and genetic modification-based breeding methods have been used to improve crops. However, it is becoming increasingly difficult to meet the growing demand for food and biomass for various reasons including population increase and climate change. Therefore innovation in the area of plant breeding is more important than ever before. Our team aims to develop an innovative platform technology for plant breeding, which is more efficient, precise, universal, and socially acceptable, by integrating a novel plant cell manipulation technique with state-of-the-art genome modification technology.

[Integrated Collaborative Research with Japan Tobacco Inc.]

Main Research Field

Agricultural sciences

Related Research Fields



  • Genome editing
  • Plant zygote
  • Cell culture
  • Gene expression regulation

Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Norio Kato
Team Leader

Core Members

Takatoshi Kiba
Deputy Team Leader
Hitoshi Sakakibara
Visiting Scientist
Yuriko Osakabe
Senior Visiting Scientist
Takashi Okamoto
Senior Visiting Scientist
Arika Takebayashi
Technical Staff II
Erika Toda
Research Associate
Fumiko Susa

Contact information

1-7-22 Suehiro-cho, Tsurumi-ku,
Yokohama City, Kanagawa,
230-0045, Japan